Lewis Hamilton described his dislike of the way data is shared among drivers in the team. His views indicate the necessity of maintaining an amount of competition even within the team in Formula 1 as part of proving one's worth as a race car driver.
Hamilton, a three-time Formula 1 champion is much more comfortable with the sharing of information among engineers and much less keen on how players can see the telemetry and data of individual drivers. According to an interview with Hamilton, a driver's technique can be copied through this scheme and the value of figuring the style for themselves.
Hamilton further expressed that he is not a fan of the system when he claimed that a race car driver's worth is deemed by how he gets to know and control the car he's driving through trial and error coupled with style and technique and not just through a simulated drive designed through gathered data.
In a 2014 Forbes article, the use of data in predicting the outcome of a team effort in a race to have an edge over the competition. The elaborate gathering, transferring and analysis of these define the fate of winning or losing a championship for every team besides effort and performance of course.
In this 2017 Formula 1 line-up for Mercedes, Hamilton is teamed with Finnish Valtteri Bottas who spent three years with Williams from 2013 to 2016.
After the write-ups of Hamilton's interview expressing his feelings about the F1 teammate data sharing, he got some criticism which he led to him further clarifying his stance on the issue. He took to Twitter explaining that he is not against anyone and was just expressing ideas about the overall system. He even specified that he has "zero problems" with partner Bottas for this year's Mercedes line-up.
In other details regarding 2017 Formula 1, not only the rules have significant changes but also spectators are in for newcomers and retirees this year including world champion holder Nico Rosberg.